Bear Grylls has announced the launch of his first-ever Bear Grylls Survival Academy in Africa in partnership with Mantis.
The first academy will take place at the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve in the Victoria Falls area, Zimbabwe, from January 2014. The course will offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to learn extreme survival techniques in the reserve, which is home to Africa’s Big Five.
The course comprises a combination of remote land/water survival and adventure tasks and will culminate in a wilderness expedition designed to put the enrollees’ new found skills to the ultimate test. Techniques include fire lighting, emergency shelter building, knife skills, foraging for grubs and rodents, and remote medical trauma. Participants will also learn a range of activities including scrambling, extreme weather survival, river crossings, and white river rafting, while the course includes Grylls’ famous Gross Eat challenge.
“So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival – the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds, in some of the harshest terrain around,” said Grylls. “So it is with great pride that we can now finally launch the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in Africa to be able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down.” He added: “Oh, and it may hurt a little.”
“Nature, conservation and education are really important to us and we are so excited to continue working with Bear and his team as the Survival Academy launches in Africa,” said Paul Gardiner, Mantis Marketing Director. “Our aim is to inspire people to reconnect with the natural world and the course will give people a really raw but fulfilling experience, hopefully leaving people feeling challenged but with big smiles on their faces.”
From : Tourismupdate
5 December 2013